Prot 329b

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Constantinus Philo
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Prot 329b

Post by Constantinus Philo » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:46 am

νῦν οὖν, ὦ Πρωταγόρα, σμικροῦ τινος ἐνδεής εἰμι πάντ᾽ ἔχειν, εἴ μοι ἀποκρίναιο τόδε is this opt of wish? Now I lack a tiny bit in order to have all, I wish you could answer this.
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Re: Prot 329b

Post by mwh » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:39 am

No, it’s the ordinary ει with optative, like εἰ δέοι in your 327d query, a regular if-clause (“if you’d just answer me this”). It’s as if πάντ᾽ αν ἔχοιμι had preceded rather than σμικροῦ τινος ἐνδεής εἰμι πάντ᾽ ἔχειν (“I’d have it all” rather than “I have it all but for one little thing”), so it’s slightly irregular but is easily understood.

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